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Samsung and Apple reportedly looking to end their war, patent deal may be in the works

According to a new report from the Korea Times, Samsung and Apple are currently in 'talks' about the possibility of reaching a cross-licensing agreement that could see an end to the Apple-Samsung patent war.
December 30, 2013

The Apple-Samsung patent war is a well known conflict in the mobile world, particularly among Apple and Android fans. For the last few years, Apple and Samsung have been duking it out in courts across the globe over various patent-related issues.

Even when major victories have been made, no money seems to exchange hands, and instead both companies are dragged through further appeals and more court drama. For Samsung, Apple and those of us that have watched this drag on — it would be nice if the two companies could come to some kind of arrangement and end all of this for good.

If a deal can’t be worked out? Then the war will continue on into next year, and likely for many more years to come.

That’s exactly what Apple and Samsung are trying to do, at least according to a new report from the Korea Times. Speaking to the publication, a Korea Fair Trade Commission official said that the two companies are currently in the “working-level” stage of coming up with a royalty deal that will end the war, at least for a while.

Keep in mind that doesn’t mean that a deal will actually be reached. Just last year, Apple and Samsung attempted to reach an agreement during a 17-hour talk, but neither side could come up with terms that would satisfy both parties. With Apple’s latest victory in the November retrial however, it’s possible that Samsung has decided that a solution needs to be worked out, even if they have to compromise and pay more in royalties than they would like.

The idea is that Samsung hopes to strike a cross-licensing deal with Apple, but only if Apple can adequately lower its asking price. Allegedly Apple is currently asking Samsung to pay more than $30 for every device found to be in violation of Apple patents.

If a deal can’t be worked out? Then the war will continue on into next year, and likely for many more years to come. What do you think, will Samsung and Apple finally be able to settle this conflict or is it far from over?